Local student graduates from American Legion Texas Boys State

One of 1,000+ future leaders that assembled for the prestigious program spent week at University of Texas learning about government

ROCKWALL, TX – The American Legion, Department of Texas, today announced that Oscar Chavira III of Rockwall High School has graduated from the American Legion Texas Boys State.

Oscar was a County Delegate and on the Rules Committee for Boys Sate 2020.

Begun in 1935, Boys State is a unique program that educates future leaders about government, civics, and patriotism in a “learn by doing” environment. Each delegate has just finished his junior year of high school and was hand-picked by teachers, counselors, and local American Legion posts throughout Texas to attend this one week seminar.

During the week, the delegates were evenly split into fictional parties of the Nationalist and Federalists. Each party drafted party platforms, elected party officials, nominated candidates via primary elections, and contested a general election against the rival party and its candidates. The delegates ran for many kinds of offices including state, district, county, and city offices. Those elected to the House of Representatives and Senate spent the week drafting, debating, and passing bills on a wide range of social and economic issues.

This year the delegates heard from dozens of distinguished guest speakers, including U.S. Senator John Cornyn, Texas Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, several members of the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate, and two retired generals speaking on topics of leadership and public service.

On Wednesday, June 12, Texas Boys State enjoyed a parade from the University of Texas at Austin campus to the Texas State Capitol, where they toured the building and dropped in on their hometown representatives’ offices.

For more information on Boys State, visit www.TexasBoysState.com.

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